Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes’ time at Old Trafford has been fruitful, to put it mildly. Despite not winning any silverware, the Portuguese star has been instrumental in helping United reach a position of respectability and consider vying for silverware.
Since joining the Red Devils on January 29, 2020, the 28-year-old has racked up plaudits from critics and fans alike. He scored 12 goals and assisted in eight during his first season at the club. He also went on to become the top scorer in the UEFA Europa League, helping then-manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to finish third in the league and qualify for the UEFA Champions League. In the process, he also went on to win the Matt Busby Player of the Year award despite only being at Old Trafford for half a season.
However, the 2020-2021 season brought out the best of the former Sporting Lisbon star as he racked up more accolades. Not only did United finish second in the league but also reached the finals of the Europa League, only losing on penalties to Villareal. Fernandes scored 28 goals and assisted in 17 during 58 appearances throughout the season.
His place in the side was cemented, and so was his status as one of the best midfielders in the world as he won another Matt Busby Player of the Year award at the club. However, the departure of Solskjaer only a few months into the 21-22 season and the arrival of Ralf Rangnick, combined with abysmal performances from United, contributed to a poor season for Fernandes. As United finished sixth in the league, the Portuguese star’s stock failed as he only had 24 goal contributions throughout the season.
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